2023: No term extensions for retiring DIGs, AIGs, and police commissioners

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The Police Service Commission (PSC) says it will not extend the term of any senior police officer who retires due to the conduct of the 2023 general election.

PSC Head of Press and Public Relations Ikechukwu Ani said as much in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

He added that the commission had made a decision that it would not extend the tenure of any retiring senior police officer, even if they requested it.

According to him, the commission cannot grant such an extension because it goes against all existing laws, the Police Law, the PSC Law and the Constitution.

“Nigeria Police have capable men and women who should be encouraged to fill the vacancies that outgoing officers will create.

“There is an institutional succession plan in the Nigeria Police with the current injection of 10,000 officers and several thousand other ASP cadets from the Police Academy annually,” he said.

Ani said the clarification followed talk in the media about whether the terms of the retiring senior officers would be extended for security reasons before the 2023 general election.

“The commission has watched with great interest the conversation in the media about whether or not the retirement of senior police officers should be prolonged due to its effect on the security of the 2023 election,” it said.

He said the ongoing campaign for the extension of the mandates of some Deputy Inspectors General (DIGs), Assistant Inspectors General (AIGs), Police Commissioners (CPs) and other senior police officers were unnecessary distractions.

Ani said the discussions were an affront to all existing laws in the country governing entry and exit in public service.

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He promised the commission’s commitment to ensure that a vacuum in the police hierarchy was not created with the promoted retirement of hundreds of senior police officers.

Ani said the commission had made the decision to strictly uphold the provisions of the law.

He said the law had stipulated that a serving public official, whether in the police or any other government agency, must leave service at the age of 60 or have served for a period of 35 years.

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“The commission will not encourage subversion of the laws governing the entry and exit of the Nigerian Public Service.

“The retiring senior police officers are not indispensable and their departure will in no way affect the success of the 2023 general elections,” he added.

(YAYA)

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